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    For a gig i will need a few Italian tunes which are available in Lead Sheet format and can serve as vehicles for improvisation the same way jazz standards do.

    A few come to mind:
    - Estate
    - Speak Softly Love
    - O Sole Mio
    - Volare
    - Senza Fine

    if anyone can think of additional familiar italian-originated tunes i'd be thankful
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    "Learn the repertoire. It’s all in the songs. If you learn 200 songs, you will have no problem improvising."
    Frank Vignola

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    "Learn the repertoire. It’s all in the songs. If you learn 200 songs, you will have no problem improvising."
    Frank Vignola

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    Quando, Quando, Quando
    Have I found it yet? I said that but I didn’t knew it. Did I knew that I had found it yet? No, it wasn’t what I was looking for. Nevermind. Ok.

    -Pataphysical monologue based on Cartesian theory

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    Check out Dean Martin/Italian Love Songs. Lots of great tunes that really swing:

    Arrivederci Roma
    Bella Bella Bambina
    Buona Sera
    Come Back To Sorrento
    From The Bottom Of My Heart (Dammi, Dammi, Dammi)
    Giuggiola
    I Have But One Heart (O Marenariello)
    In Napoli
    Innamorata (Sweetheart)
    Just Say I Love Her (Dicitencello Vuie)
    Luna Mezzo Mare
    My Heart Reminds Me
    Non Dimenticar (Don't Forget)
    Oh Marie
    On An Evening In Roma (Sott'er Cielo De Roma)
    Pardon (Perdoname)
    Return To Me (Ritorna-Me)
    Santa Lucia
    Sogni D'Oro
    Take Me In Your Arms
    That's Amore
    The Man Who Plays The Mandolino (Guaglione)
    There's No Tomorrow (O Sole Mio)
    Tu Sei Bella Signorina
    Vieni Su (Say You Love Me, Too)
    Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)
    Write Me From Naples
    You're Breaking My Heart (Mattinata)
    "Your biggest discoveries come by playing" - Robert Conti

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    Not an Italian song per se but in a set of Italian tunes, this would certainly work.



    "Learn the repertoire. It’s all in the songs. If you learn 200 songs, you will have no problem improvising."
    Frank Vignola

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    Quote Originally Posted by losaltosjoe View Post
    Check out Dean Martin/Italian Love Songs. Lots of great tunes that really swing:

    Arrivederci Roma
    Bella Bella Bambina
    Buona Sera
    Come Back To Sorrento
    From The Bottom Of My Heart (Dammi, Dammi, Dammi)
    Giuggiola
    I Have But One Heart (O Marenariello)
    In Napoli
    Innamorata (Sweetheart)
    Just Say I Love Her (Dicitencello Vuie)
    Luna Mezzo Mare
    My Heart Reminds Me
    Non Dimenticar (Don't Forget)
    Oh Marie
    On An Evening In Roma (Sott'er Cielo De Roma)
    Pardon (Perdoname)
    Return To Me (Ritorna-Me)
    Santa Lucia
    Sogni D'Oro
    Take Me In Your Arms
    That's Amore
    The Man Who Plays The Mandolino (Guaglione)
    There's No Tomorrow (O Sole Mio)
    Tu Sei Bella Signorina
    Vieni Su (Say You Love Me, Too)
    Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)
    Write Me From Naples
    You're Breaking My Heart (Mattinata)
    Thanks so much - this will give me a lot to work on .... :-)
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    Recado Bossa Nova
    Roman Guitar!

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    Check-out Alessio Menconi's "Anema e Jazz":



    He's phenomenal and hands-down my favorite "Modern" player. Don't stop with this album though, he does everything from "Traditional" jazz (very Wes-like) to "Fusion".

    Although not too "Jazzy":

    Midnight Blues

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    Here is another great one:

    Ti guardero' nel cuore.



    Warmly recommended.

    Cheers.
    Archtop YT Channel: www.youtube.com/+FredArchtop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Archtop View Post
    Here is another great one:

    Ti guardero' nel cuore.

    Warmly recommended.

    Cheers.
    Thanks, great tune i didn't know it's originally an italian composition.

    The gig happened last sunday so it will be too late for that, but i'm sure to know that it's Italian will help for future gigs too ....
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    Check out New Jersey Guitar Mafia

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    Italian Jazz by Paolo Conte.

    Il treno va:


    Max:


    I giardini pensili hanno fatto il loro tempo:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Archtop View Post
    Here is another great one:

    Ti guardero' nel cuore.

    Warmly recommended.

    Cheers.
    I grew up with this song. It was one of my favorites. I was too young to realize it was also a Grammy winner from an Italian documentary film. Much less composed by an Italian songwriter for film Riz Ortolani, who also was once a member in a well known Italian jazz band. Thanks for that Fred Archtop!
    "You've got to be in the sun to feel the sun. It's that way with music too." - Sidney Bechet